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Don’t Miss the 2018 Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival!

March 9th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Don't Miss the 2018 Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival!On Chincoteague, one of the first signs of spring is the annual Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival! The festival includes wood carvings, paintings, photography, silent auctions, and more. March 30th and 31st, 2018 on Chincoteague Island.

The Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival attracts a variety of artists from all over the country. The event is a Chincoteague tradition that sees local and national wood carvers, painters, and photographers displaying their finest works.

This annual show presents a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts. Not only will you see a variety of great art, you’ll also be able to meet and chat with many of the artists about their pieces and process. Most items on display will be for sale and a number of the artists will also have pieces in process. Watching a fine artist work may be just as fascinating studying their finished art!

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Visit Chincoteague Island and View a NASA Rocket Launch!

February 12th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit Chincoteague Island and View a NASA Rocket Launch!Chincoteague Island is famous for many things but did you know you could view a NASA rocket launch from our shores? We’ve permanent front-row tickets to the NASA Flight Facility on neighboring Wallops Island!

You’d think having herds of wild ponies, sought after oysters, a historic lighthouse, and miles of pristine beaches would be enough for any destination but no. On top of everything else, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is only 5 miles away from Chincoteague, as the crow flies. Consequently, Chincoteague Island serves as an excellent vantage point to view a NASA rocket launch.

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Take Your Valentine On A Romantic Chincoteague Island Getaway!

January 19th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Romantic Chincoteague Island GetawayValentine’s Day is just around the corner – but even if it wasn’t, now is still a great time to plan a romantic, Chincoteague Island Getaway!

There are lots of romantic destinations in the world, with Paris, France and Florence, Italy coming to mind straight away. There are plenty here in the U.S., too and Chincoteague Island tops the list. Better yet, Chincoteague Island is within reasonable driving distance from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Norfolk, Virginia. Try that trick with Paris and Florence!

Some places, through a combination of scenery, history, culture and other factors, somehow evoke more romance than others. Their very ambience helps to coax those feelings out in us and soon we are falling in love all over again. Chincoteague Island, Virginia is one such a place.

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Dive Into The New Year With Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2018!

December 1st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge 2018If you’re looking for a fun way to break in the new year on Virginia’s eastern shore, look no further than Chincoteague Island and Polar Pony Plunge 2018! The popular, annual event is held every January 1st on Assateague Island.

New Year’s Eve is a lot of fun but New Year’s Day can be even better if you find the right way to celebrate it. Chincoteague Island’s annual Polar Pony Plunge is one of those right ways. I mean, what could possibly be more fulfilling than throwing yourself headlong into the icy surf of the Atlantic, right?

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Enjoy A Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving and Save!

November 4th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving Lodging Special 2017Come enjoy a Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving and save with The 1848 Island Manor House Bed & Breakfast Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving Lodging Special!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday but it can also be a lot of work and stress. If you’d prefer to relax during your holiday, let our Chincoteague B&B, 1848 Island Manor House can help! Our Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving Lodging Special is designed to let you sit back and relax while we do all the work.

Your Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving starts the moment you arrive in the form of a bottle of wine and a cheese tray waiting in your room. Come Thanksgiving dinner, we’ll send you off to Bill’s Prime Steak and Seafood, a lovely 3 minute stroll from the front door of our Chincoteague Island B&B. Your dinner at Bill’s is on us and includes an unlimited, plated meal and a glass of house wine. Bon appétit!

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2017

October 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2017Why settle for one bird this Thanksgiving when you can have thousands? Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend is a rare chance to visit the otherwise off-limit refuge during the peak of the annual fall migration. November 23-26, 2017.

You already know that Chincoteague Island, VA is home to lush natural beauty. Our pristine beaches, vibrant wildlife, and the famous wild ponies bring us visitors from around the globe. A less well known fact is that one of the best times for nature lovers to visit is on Thanksgiving weekend. That’s because it’s the peak of the annual fall migration.

Assateague Island is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway, with thousands of acres of beaches, forest, and both fresh and saltwater marshes. Many waterfowl literally flock here every fall either to rest during their journey south or to winter over in our milder climate. Herons, brant geese, snowy egrets, double-crested cormorants, snow geese, and many others become common sights in the refuge.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is mostly off limits for much of the year. Once Thanksgiving weekend rolls around, however, a very unique opportunity presents itself. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend!

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Shuck and Slurp – It’s Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017!

September 11th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017 – the 45th annual! – celebrates the heritage of Chincoteague Salts and welcomes the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun on October 7th, 2017 at Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island!

Fresh Seafood.

Is there any finer phrase, especially when spoken on the pristine shores of Chincoteague Island? I don’t think so.

If there is a rival, it might be “Chincoteague Oyster Festival.” The waters around Chincoteague and Assateague are known for their oyster beds and the special “Chincoteague Salts” that dwell there. Chincoteague’s history would have been very different and a little sad without these frisky, little bivalves. So we celebrate – and how!

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The 14th Annual Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale

August 7th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & SaleThe 2017 Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is almost here! Artists from around the region will be on hand painting and selling. September 9th, 6pm to 9pm at the United Methodist Church Social Hall.

The Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is an annual event, held the weekend after Labor Day each year. The event brings more than 50 fine artists to the island and a crowd of art lovers many times that size. That’s because you’ll have the opportunity to buy the paintings you watched being created!

“En Plein Air” is a French term meaning “in the open air.” It refers to the act of painting both out of doors and in a race with the changing light and movement of clouds. Plein Air paintings often contain a sense of life, urgency, and excitement brought on by this race against the elements.

En Plein Air became very popular in the mid-1800’s with the introduction of paint tubes and the box easel. Impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir practiced the style and helped to make it famous. Now you can come be a part of this artistic tradition on Chincoteague Island!

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Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague Island

July 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague IslandChincoteague Island is surrounded by some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. In fact, fishing, clamming, and crabbing Chincoteague are some of our island’s popular activities!

When most people think of Chincoteague Island, visions of wild ponies tend to fill their heads – and why not? The annual Chincoteague Island pony swim is a very unique and special thing – but it’s hardly the only reason to visit Chincoteague Island!

Chincoteague was once known for its unique, salty oysters. While “Chincoteague Salts,” as they’re known, are still sought after, most of the currently rebounding local oyster beds were over-fished during the 19th century. Today we’re more known for our fishing, clamming, and crabbing.

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Come To Chincoteague and Explore Historic Assateague Lighthouse!

June 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit historic Assateague Lighthouse!Historic Assateague Lighthouse is a photogenic landmark you can tour that is just 3 miles from our Chincoteague Island B&B!

The distinctive red and white tower of the Assateague Lighthouse is 142 feet high and almost 5 miles inland on the Virginia side of the island. Earlier, shore-based versions of the light proved too vulnerable to storms and shifting sands. The current tower was moved farther inland in 1867.

Assateague Lighthouse is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. It is recognizable to many because of its broad red and white stripes and unique double-flash pattern.

Lighthouse buffs come from all around the world to visit Assateague Lighthouse. Visitors are delighted to discover that they can easily walk or bike to the lighthouse. That’s true of almost everything on Assateague and Chincoteague. The islands are the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. Traffic is typically light on the roads and there are miles of trails, including one out to the lighthouse.

Assateague Lighthouse is open for tours every weekend, April to November – and yes, you can climb the tower!

Both Chincoteague and Assateague Island are relatively flat. Consequently, Assateague Lighthouse stands head and shoulders above just about everything else on the islands! It towers over you as you approach the base – and the views from the top? Absolutely stunning. Not only can you see the entirety of both Assateague and Chincoteague but also Wallops Island and portions of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland!

Assateague Lighthouse

The tower is open for free tours on weekends in April through November, 9am to 12pm, 12:30pm to 3pm.
Donations go towards maintaining lighthouse tour staff and maintenance.
Visit www.assateagueisland.com for more information about the Assateague Light.

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Let Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast help you to make the most of your Chincoteague adventures! Our individually decorated guest rooms will have you feeling right at home with their luxurious amenities. Our convenient location puts the best of both islands at your fingertips and we are more than happy to help you arrange your visit with our concierge services. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!